Finally to the adrenaline part of this trip. The sela pass is teh second highest motorable pass in the world. Time for some adventure travel. Situated on an altitude of 14000 ft, this drive is scary and gorgeous. Sela pass is a great way to enter Tawang to Guwahati. In fact, this is the only road that connects Tawang to the rest of the country. The pass takes you through lakes, monasteries, mountains, valleys, meadows and all there is to the Himalayas. It is literally a ride through the Himalayan beauties. Some consider the road a bit scary to drive on but, I couldn't et enough of the view to divert my attention anywhere else.
One of the soldiers told us about how the post operates and how the army has been safe guarding the place even in the most adverse conditions. His words gave us goose bumps. We then spent some time around and then rested for a while. After having spent nearly an hour, we trekked down to our car. We then headed for Sangetsar Lake. Sangetsar Lake was formed after an earthquake and is located at around 12,500 ft. The most amazing thing about this lake was the tree trunks that stood out of the water in the middle of it. The lake was semi-frozen and the view was very soothing. The driver asked us to not linger for too long as he wanted to avoid snow fall on the way back. We also stopped at the PT TSO Lake, one of the many other lakes which dotted Bum La. We came across some other tourists there, who were playing in snow and joined them. We then took some snaps and then finally headed back to Tawang.
Bum La Pass
If you don't have your own vehicle then it could be little difficult as both the offices are located 5-6 Km far and in opposite sides of Tawang. Also, its better to have carry enough copies because in Tawang Xerox per copy is INR 5 and double side INR 10 and the power cut is frequent. Also, if you plan to hire taxi for Bumla pass and Shungester/Madhuri lake then the permit needs to have taxi number and driver name. The general charges for taxi to Bumla pass n Shungester lake are INR 5000. You can try shared taxi if you can find people to share. #Stay at Tawang Hotel Mount view for INR 800. #Food Ama yangis good food Chapti n egg curry was nice.#Info Sunday mechanics are closed in Tawang and Bomdila so if there are any issues in your bike, you will not be able to get it fixed and this could alter your plan. This trip was originally published on Joey- my travels for your ease.
Tawang Monastery, Tawang: Tawang Monastery, in Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It is situated in the valley of the Tawang River, near Tawang northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh, in close proximity to the Tibetan and Bhutanese border.Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to "celestial paradise in a clear night." It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. It belongs to the Gelug school of Mahayana Buddhism and had a religious association with Drepung Monastery of Lhasa, which continued during the period of British rule.More information about Tawang Monastery can be found here.
Tawang War Memorial
This permit then you have to submit at the brigade office which is opposite to war memorial. In general, it takes INR 10 for the permit application n INR 10 per permit but if you plan to get it done through agents then they charge you INR 700. As we had bikes , riding around to DC office and Brigade’s office was not difficult.
Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Tawang is made up of high mountains, thick snow, deep valleys and crystal blue lakes. One such lake is the Pankang Teng Tso lake. Located 17 kms away from the main town, this lake is a great place for spending some time with nature. The picturesque landscape is a sight for sore eyes. The beautiful blue water running amidt the wilderness, snow capped peaks that glitter with the falling sun rays, chirping birds and gushing water, all make a visit here worth the time. It is hard to come across so much beauty at once and in that aspect Pankang Teng Tso does give it all to you! Note- The best time to visit is in summers since the lake remains frozen during winters.